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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Mountain West Conference signs on with ROOT Sports

The Mountain West Conference has named its regional television partner for football and men's basketball and, as expected, it's ROOT Sports.

ROOT will air about 10 football games and a minimum of 25 basketball games per season. And, no doubt, some of those games will feature new MWC member Utah State.

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This deal is in addition to the Mountain West's national deals with the CBS Sports Network and ESPN.

Here's the MWC/ROOT release:

DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Mountain West Conference have entered into a multi-year agreement, making DIRECTV Sports, and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network, the regional TV home of Mountain West football and men's basketball.

ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will annually produce and televise approximately 10 football games featuring Mountain West teams, and a minimum of 25 MW intra-conference and non-conference men's basketball games, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. All events will be produced and distributed in high definition.

"We are pleased to partner with the Mountain West Conference to bring these games to fans throughout the region," said Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. "The Mountain West offers competitive, compelling match-ups, and we look forward to providing a platform to showcase the conference and its teams."

"Our entire ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain team is excited to be the regional home of the Mountain West Conference," said David Woodman, General Manager of ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain. "With many member institutions located within our network's footprint, these games will be a great addition to our collegiate sports programming for years to come."

"This unique partnership will provide enhanced coverage and promotion for the entire MW membership," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is an important component in an innovative, multi-platform exposure plan for the future of the league."



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